Nick Saban praises Steve Sarkisian, speculation surrounds Chip Kelly

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Alabama coach Nick Saban had nothing but positive things to say for the coach who abruptly left his team to go to Atlanta today.

Saban released a statement on new Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who left the Crimson Tide to take the Falcons job.

“We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did for our program during his time here,” Saban said. “He is an outstanding coach, and we wish him the best in his new role as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. As always, when we have an opening on our staff, we will use it as an opportunity to go out and hire the best coach available.”

One of the candidates who has been named as a potential candidate to replace Sarkisian at Alabama is Chip Kelly, who has been fired the last two years as head coach of the 49ers and Eagles. Kelly ran a great offense at Oregon before heading to the NFL, and perhaps he could head back to college to work for Saban. Kelly reportedly wants to stay in the NFL, but with the Falcons filling their coordinator opening, there aren’t many NFL jobs available, and Alabama offensive coordinator is probably the best assistant job in college football.

29 responses to “Nick Saban praises Steve Sarkisian, speculation surrounds Chip Kelly

  1. There’s no way Kelly goes from a 2X NFL head coach to a college offensive coordinator. Even if it is Alabama.

  2. Only in American football, can you be fired repeatedly, and still get hired anew. Chip is a joke. He should never have left the mountain he built in Oregon.
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    Well English football has Sam Allardyce to prove you wrong.

  3. Plus Chip and BB are close. BB and Saban are close. They would all have an idea of what to expect from one and other.

  4. Yeah, Chipper can help ruin Alabama too. 🙂

    Randy don’t be such a jerk…..your team won the Super Bowl you didn’t do sh-t but swear at them in the first half and pray in the second. So sit in the corner and be quiet until mom calls you for dinner.

    Sabin hates the hurry up, don’t think it will happen.

  5. This could be a good marriage, Kelly hates dealing with the public or recruiting, he would not have to do anything but coach ball and take “ass Chewings”. It would give him some stability and who knows what might happen after the next national Championship…..

  6. This is a match made in heaven. The advantage Kelly had at Oregon was that his kids were so well versed in that offense, and the college defenses couldn’t learn it fast enough. By the time they learned how to stop it, they were graduating. At Alabama, they get so many big time recruits, most guys redshirt. By the time they’ve been in the program 2-3 years, they know the offense much better than opposing defenses know how to stop it. Kelly was able to recruit some good talent at Oregon, and he’ll get better ones at Alabama. The icing on the cake is that Alabama will be able to recruit pro type QBs like Mariota. This will put Alabama back on top.

  7. Why does no one ever note how Saban is such an insufferable you-know-what to work for? Kelly would have to be pretty hard up for a job to work for him. Check the deadspin quote from Lane Kiffin when asked if he remembered Saban ever smiling: he said “all I remember is the ass chewing”.

  8. Bama fan here. If Saban wants to see everything he’s built destroyed in less than a season then by all means hire Chip Kelly. Otherwise stay far away. Those 5-star offensive recruits he’s bringing in will flee in droves once they’ve lived through a few months of the Kelly experience.

  9. beavertonsteve says:
    Feb 7, 2017 3:43 PM
    Only in American football, can you be fired repeatedly, and still get hired anew. Chip is a joke. He should never have left the mountain he built in Oregon.

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    Let’s not forget about American Basektball, American Hockey, American Baseball, international futbol, etc.

    I know nothing about the coaching carousels in elite rugby, cricket or other international team sports but I’m guessing it’s more of the same

  10. Talk about “oil and water”!! That’s what you would have with Saban and Kelly. They have totally different coaching philosophies; Saban wants a “cram the ball down their throat, run based offense” and Kelly with his, “wide open, throw, throw, THROW the ball down the field” approach.

    I cannot see that working!

  11. marmac2768 says:
    Feb 7, 2017 6:21 PM
    Talk about “oil and water”!! That’s what you would have with Saban and Kelly. They have totally different coaching philosophies; Saban wants a “cram the ball down their throat, run based offense” and Kelly with his, “wide open, throw, throw, THROW the ball down the field” approach.

    I cannot see that working!

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    Chip runs more than he throws and he also runs more than most other coaches.. he simply does it fast while trying to spread defenses out. He is absolutely not a “throw down the field” guy – he throws short passes akin to running plays when he does call for a pass.

    He is definitely different than Saban, but he is in no way what you described him as.

  12. Unless Chip is hurting for money, coaching under Saban would be worse than still coaching the 49ers. Both of their egos wouldn’t fit in the Alabama locker room.

  13. Go to the Bears, Chip. Prove that you are competent on the NFL level. The tools are there, if we resign Alshon, change the surface of our field, and trade for Jimmy Garoppolo, draft the stud DLman from ‘Bama at 3, invest in a few OTs, get a reliable TE, find another CB and safety or two, and hire prettier cheerleaders…The SB is ours! Face! 31 other teams!!!

  14. I don’t know if Kelly would do it, especially after making such a big deal about not going back to college. But, it may likely be the quickest way to try to fix his resume and get another head job somewhere.

  15. Why do it? He’s not desperate for money. The Eagles and 49ers are still paying the dude millions!
    Why subject yourself to the brutality of Nick Saban when you don’t have to?

    He should take the year off, hit the refresh button, humble himself, then become a college coach again next year. The NFL is not his friend, but college is his buddy.

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